Loch Ness monster could be a giant eel

Nessie: A Victorian drawing of the beast — there have been over 1,000 so-called “sightings”.

Do you believe in the Loch Ness monster? After running tests at the Scottish loch, scientists think that they might know the truth about the mysterious creature. And it’s very surprising.

What’s happening

Lots of people say they have seen the Loch Ness monster. Others say it is not real.

Now, scientists think that the monster is a very large eel.

After doing tests on the huge loch in Scotland, they know that a great number of eels inhabit the waters.

Find out more

These scientists are the first to find out about all the creatures living in the lake.

Eels are long, slimy animals that look like snakes. They can be as short as a pencil or as long as a car.

Some stories about the Loch Ness monster are more than 1,000 years old.

A few people say that they have taken photographs of the monster, but experts think that the pictures might be fake.

Do you think that the monster is real?

Some say…

Yes! There are lots of mysteries in the world for us to discover. Maybe they are right and it is a giant eel. How exciting!

Others think…

No! Monsters are made up to scare people. It is much more likely to be lots of ordinary eels in the loch. Do not be silly.

You Decide

  1. Are monsters real?

Activities

  1. Draw what you imagine the Loch Ness monster might look like.

Some People Say...

“Monsters aren’t as scary if you start shining lights on them.”

Wyatt Cenac, American comedian

What do you think?

Word Watch

Loch
A big body of water that runs into the sea.
Inhabit
To live in.
Fake
Not real or trustworthy.
Mysteries
Something that no one understands.
Discover
Find out for the first time.

Subjects

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